12 weeks post op pics

Ok I have a little more than 2 weeks before I get...

Ok I have a little more than 2 weeks before I get this surgery over with. I have been wanting to do it for a while but then changed my mind years ago but become determined with the decision to do it after having my fourth baby. I am anxious, excited, and onervous bit I am so ready for a flat tummy, its been too long since I've had one.

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Good luck you will do great!!!
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I had my pre op today and it well. All the...

I had my pre op today and it well. All the aftercare sounds a bit overwelming but i am praying its not as bad as it sounds. 2 weeks left to go!

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I have 10 days before my big day and a lot has been on my mind. I have a small hernia but my PS said he doesnt repair hernias but can still do my tummy tuck. Has anyone heard this before? I do trust his judgement and was just wondering how someone's outcome was. He did say after the surgery my hernia would be much better and i can get it repaired at a later time since its so small and not causing any problems.
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Is it possible for you to get a recommendation from your PS for doc to repair your hernia while your getting TT. My PS recommended a doc that he works with. It actually saved me money because the hernia is covered by insurance and they are sharing the time for the anesthesia
My PS never mentioned it. He just kept saying the hernia was not going to be a problem because its so small. He said after the tummy tuck the hernia should be better and I may not need to have it repaired any time soon. I hope this is this case althought I cant help to think about it.

I have 9 more days left. I'm really ready to get...

I have 9 more days left. I'm really ready to get it over with. I was wondering, I know your stomach looks flatter even with the swelling but can someone tell that you are wearing a compression garment under your clothes? Does your stomach appear smaller or larger with the garment on?

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Hello Maria! I will be honest after my TT I was so in shock by how small I looked that the CG never made me feel bigger and I didn't appear to be bigger in my clothes either. Good luck by the way. I pray you have a speedy and comfortable recovery.
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That is comforting to know.. Thank you!!

I have 5 more days to wait now. I cant believe the...

I have 5 more days to wait now. I cant believe the time is here already. I'm getting anxious and I am so ready to start the healing process. I will keep you all informed!!

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It is the night before my surgery and I am...

It is the night before my surgery and I am wondering if I will get any sleep tonight. I have been up doing things all day trying to get prepared. I am beyond exhausted but I figure I am sure that I will get plenty of rest in the week to come. I have been cuddling with my baby, 1 year old, all day. I am so going to miss picking her up for a while and she is not going to accept it too well. My husband is taking off a week to help so I hope this is enough time and pray that I am feeling like doing alot of things on my own by the following week. I have read this pre-op and post-op paperwork over and over again, I think I will have it memorized soon, LOL.. I think I am going to hate having the drains that most and I hope they wont have to stay in beyond a week. I have read many posts on here and there is different reviews on what each lady feels after there surgery. Some ladies say that it is the worse pain ever and some ladies say that there is no major pain and only soreness. I guess I will be able to see on my own in less than 24 hours.

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Good luck tomorrow!!!
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Good luck!! All of our prayers are going up for you!!! Keep us posted.
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Good luck!!!! I'm praying for you and Happy healing!!!
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I have been home from surgery for about 10 hours...

I have been home from surgery for about 10 hours now. I hate to say it but I feel horrible. This feeling of nausea will not go away. I have taken the medicine, ate crackers, and tried ginger ale. I did throw up one and it hurt sooooo bad, I felt like my stomach was coming apart. I am praying I wont throw up again but I do feel like I have to. Does anyone know of a good relief for this or had any past experience?

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I found out I was so nauseus and throwing up was...

I found out I was so nauseus and throwing up was because I hadnt ate anything and I had so much medicine on my stomach. Since I wasnt able to eat crackers or soup my PS told me to drink ensure. I have done this now the sick feeling is not so bad. Now i am thinking back on the two times I throwed up bc my PS did say that my sutures on the inside muscle repair can come apart. I wish I had known to hold my stomach really tight at the time. I am still really sore but I will try and walk more today. I feel so handicapped.

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I havent been able to eat anything because of this feeling of nausea. I just tried to take meds and threw thim all back up. This is the second time I have thrown up today and it has putting so much strain on my stomach muscles. Now they are hurting so much more than before.
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I felt like I was going to throw up so I did what you are trying now. I ate 1 cracker and had ginger ale slowly. The pain meds made me feel sick. I know you probably need them now though. Feel better. It gets better honey
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Ok and thank you. This feeling is just so aweful

Day 3 post op. Im on my way to the PS bc my...

Day 3 post op. Im on my way to the PS bc my draining tubes have me a little concerned. Yesterday one kept filling with a lot of clots then after that they didnt drain anymore. I thought it was a little strange to stop draining so soon.

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My nurse noticed the clotting in my drains. She...

My nurse noticed the clotting in my drains. She told me to continue the shots since they are blood thinners. She said not to worry if the fluid stays in my stomach instead of coming in my drains bc they can get it out. I hope that doesnt happen bc I already feel so swollen and bloated.I hate to complain but I feel miserable. I dont want to discourage anyone but I have a low tolerance for pain plus the nausea has started back and not mention so much indegestion. I know it will get better. I will post pictures later today.

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Heyy girl! Glad u had ur surgery done :) I'm following you keep posting! Can't wait to see ur pics!! I might get my TT by Jimerson too, still not sure yet
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hi iwas following your comments and im suppose to get my tummy done in a few months by the same doctor how are u feeling now
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Miami, I am feeling a lot better now and everyone says it gets better each day. Dr J made a very nice incision and I will post pics of it as soon as the steri strips come off

Ok so I know everyone hates their drains. Its only...

Ok so I know everyone hates their drains. Its only been 6 days since I had my surgery and I have stopped draining for 2 days so far so I'm looking forward to getting them removed tomorrow. I wonder what causes some ladies to drain 2 and 3 weeks and others just a few days? I still am very much swollen and some areas look bigger than others. I pray that I am one that doesnt stay swollen for months. The pain is more like a soreness at this point. Also, It still hurts to get up. My husband could only take a week off and has to go back to work tomorrow so I will be alone with my 13 month old. I will not pick her up but I have let her climb into my lap while sitting on the couch. I put a pillow in front of my stomach bc she is so active. I will feed her on the go since I cant lift her into her high chair and hopefully before things get to hard my older children will be home from school to help. I will be going back to class Tuesday which I will only be 8 days PO so I hope I can stand up straight by then. Other than those two tasks I will be taking it easy and not going anywhere else or doing anything.

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Hi mariaavant Just read your story Im getting my TT in december but my concern is my 18 month baby. I hear handling a baby after surgery is tough. Goodluck and keep us updated. I hope you feel better
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I hear handling a baby after surgery is tough. Goodluck with that. Stay on top of your pain meds and be careful of getting drowsy.
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MommyMita, he is a good Dr although a bit pricey. I think he is pricey bc he knows he is good. He kept my scar low and it looks nice. I will be posting pics as soon as some of the swelling goes down.

I got my drains removed today and I dont know who...

I got my drains removed today and I dont know who said it didnt hurt bc it hurt me. But it happened fast which is a good thing. I was told the healing goes uphill from here so I will patiently wait on the better days. I have a follow up in 5 weeks and was told most of my swelling should be down by then. I hope so bc I am ready to go shopping and get rid of this big shirts.

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Hi mariaavant, so so sorry your not feeling well. I know you may have already answered this, but what do you think you would have done different? did you take the Arnica and Bromelain or any vitamins? Did you do the pain pump? are you happy with your scar, I noticed you went to Dr.J, Ive read tons about him and actually saved him, as I want so badly to get a BBL, however most important is to get rid of the BB in front of me!!! Feel better!!
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Same here!! Hey couldn't he take the fat from the tummy and add it to the booty and lipo the tummy. Like sort of combining a BBL & TT.. So that way there's less fat in the front, then later get the actually TT ( just to get rid of the skin)
Friscospeach, my first choice was to have the BBL and Dr Jimerson works wonder. I was devastated to find out I needed a tummy tuck and that lipo alone wouldnt give me a flat stomach. I couldnt afford the BBL, tummy tuck, and lipo so I had to choose what was more important to me which was getting rid of this belly.. I may lipo sides and back bra roll to transfer to butt at a later time.

8 Days Post Op. I had to go back to class today...

8 Days Post Op. I had to go back to class today and the walk from parking to my class was soooo far. I'm sure I will swell more. I'm feeling better and doing more now. I've uploaded new pics today.

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I was told that I would be out of hospital the same day of my tummy tuck and lipposuction which is a five hour procedure. I wonder if I could look after the drain at home
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Roland Ryde, Yes as most people do. My tummy tuck was started at 7:30 one morning and I was home by 11 am that same morning with two drains.
mariaavant, May I ask how old you are? I am 55 and have had many surgeries including back surgery. I am not scared of the pain so much from THIS surgery but my back from being on the table. I get so still and have a lot of pain. I'm afraid it will keep me from getting up and moving around and I know that I have to. Does the pain pump take care of most of the pain at first so you can get up? I KNOW it will hurt and I'm prepared for that part. I am scared.

Yesterday I started bleeding from my drain site...

Yesterday I started bleeding from my drain site and continue to bleed throughout the night. I didnt feel this was normal because my drains were removed 2 days prior and I know most people say the site closed immediately. I went to see my PS this morning about the issue. I found out I have developed a hematoma. A hematoma is a collection of blood under the skin, a blood clot. The blood clot begin breaking up and thats why it started coming out from the drain site. The area is bruised and is really hard to touch. I have to massage the area and apply warm compresses to encourage it to continue to drain out. I have to see my PS back in a week to determine if it has drained on its own. If it has not drained on its own then I will have to get the fluid removed with a syringe in the office but if its too much then it will have to be removed by liposuction. Yea yea it sucks but its something that can happen with this type of surgery. My PS said it will not affect my results and that its more of an inconvenience than anything. I am praying that it corrects on its own or that it could be withdrew with a syringe in the office bc I do not want any more lipo. I will keep everyone updated and happy healing to everyone else!!

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It's the night before my surgery. I have cleansed all day. I was just wondering if that is standard. I would have cleansed anyway but just wondered. I have everything to go to the surgery center in the morning. My surgery is at noon. I'm getting nervous but am happy this is the last day I will live with my spare tires.
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Good Luck! Its normal to be nervous but it will be all over before you know it. Be sure to take it easy after surgery to allow your body time to heal. I have to get a hematoma removed by liposuction tomorrow but its a minor procedure. I'm loving my new stomach so far and cant wait until all the swelling is gone.
Your picture is amazing congrats on your result xx
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Hello All! I am 3 weeks post op and I am loving my...

Hello All! I am 3 weeks post op and I am loving my results so far. I would love to see my incision but the steri strips are still on and I was told not to remove them. I am on my way to get a hematoma removed below my belly button above my incision. It has to be liposuctioned out because it is really hard. Other than that, I feel great. I mainly have swelling at night and in the evening. I have posted new pics so you all can see the results so far.

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You looking good girl!!
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I had my 2 week post op yesterday. They took out my staples so I no longer feel like I am being poked anymore. The incision looks great and I couldn't be happier with the results. I was so scared to have the TT and the drains. I didn't even know they took the drains out! I had some juvederm ultra injected into my deep lines around my mouth and fainted. I am so happy with the results though. I have a little bruising from the injections which I hope goes away soon. I love my new tummy!
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Congratulations! I am glad you love your new tummy! I love mine too even with the swelling bc its still so much better thsn before. I will look for your new pics.

Hello Everyone! I must say this has been quite a...

Hello Everyone! I must say this has been quite a journey but I am really glad that I went through it. I do still have swelling in the evenings and night but other than that I am happy with my results so far. I have begun doing an intense massage of my stomach every night for about 15 min and this has helped alot. All of the hard areas of my stomach are soft now, although I have a little soreness from the massages.I have included a new pics, any questions, please feel free to ask!!

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Your results are great!!!!
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excellent results xx
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I must say that I am overall happy with my results...

I must say that I am overall happy with my results this far. I admit that there were times I got discouraged with all the swelling but I do realize a tummy tuck is a major surgery and it just takes time to be fully healed. Even though I am back to my normal routine I still know I am not fully healed on the inside and that is the reason for the swelling. I still have numb areas above my incision so I continue to massage the area. Every now and then I get a tingling feeling too but nothing too drastic. I love the fact of being able to put on what I want and not have to worry about looking 3 months pregnant. It's a great feeling!!

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Hi Thanks for your review! How is your tummy now? Did diet and working out make it flatter? I am 3 months post op and feel my upper stomach area has a buldge. I am so freaked out about it because it was flat before now since 2 weeks its not flat :(
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Hi, Just wanted to check in with you.. How are things going with working out/ ab work. I had my surgery in March (7 weeks ago); I started treadmill walking last week but want to amp it up a little - I bought the Hip Hop Abs video to strengthen my muscles more. How are you feeling these days? Do you think ab exercises work?
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Hello. I am still working out like 3-4 days a week. My stomach is better just not as flat as I wanted or expected. Hopefully diet and exercise will do it since the muscles are repaired. At least that's what I've been told. How satisfied are you with your surgery and did you get lipo too?
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